France urges Britain to take in 1500 ‘Jungle’ minors
FRENCH President Francois Hollande urged Britain to take in 1500 unaccompanied minors from the “Jungle” as officials stepped up efforts to finish demolishing the Calais migrant camp.
Hailing the evacuation of the encampment, Mr Hollande vowed that France would not accept the emergence of any more makeshift camps, which have become a glaring symbol of Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II.
He pledged youngsters left at a container camp near the site would be dispersed around the country, with the hope that they would eventually be taken in by Britain.
Mr Hollande said he had spoken to Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure that British officials would “accompany these minors to these centres and would play their part in subsequently welcoming them to the United Kingdom”.
A British government spokesperson said it was committed to working with France to transfer eligible children as soon as possible.
Britain’s Help Refugees charity estimated that more than 1000 unaccompanied children were still living in the container camp.
Since mid-October, Britain has taken in 274 children from the Jungle, mostly youngsters with relatives already living in the country.
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